Friday, January 23, 2015

The Best Queso Dip

What do you get when you put Ro*Tel and Velveeta together?!  
A party!!  
You make this and the people will come.  It is the best queso dip.... zesty, creamy, irresistible and my favorite  easy.  [Seriously though.]  I wish I could take credit for discovering this addictive combination but I can't.  It came from my sister.  Whenever I make this Queso dip with Ro*Tel and Velveeta I always think of her.  She makes it for every family gathering, for birthday parties, and it is always a hit.
It's super easy to make.  Chop up the Velveeta cheese.  Pour the Ro*Tel on top and when it melts together serve with chips. Or wheat thins.  Or pour it on your hot dog.  It will make something good even better.  Sometimes I will put the Velveeta and Ro*Tel in my mini crock pot and let it cook itself and then turn it to warm when I'm ready to serve.  
Ever since she shared this Queso dip with me I too bring it to every event and people always talk about how good it is and ask what is in it.  They are so surprised to find out that it is just two simple ingredients... Ro*Tel and Velveeta.  People can't believe it is really that easy to make something that tastes so good!  I always have a can of Ro*tel and some Velveeta cheese in my pantry in case we have an impromptu visit from family or friends.  
I have to admit that it is also my hubby's favorite football snack and that is another reason why our pantry is always stocked with Ro*Tel and Velveeta. Definitely going to be making a big batch for Super Bowl Sunday.  
This picture proves it.  As I am taking a picture of the Queso dip...
He is asking me for more.  Ha! 
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RO*TEL & VELVEETA for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We Grew Snowflakes

When I was planning our crafts for January this one specifically caught my eye and I just thought it was so cool!  It reminded me of when I was a kid and how we tried to make rock candy with a string and sugar water.  That didn't work but these snowflakes actually did!

My love bug said we grew snow flakes and she is right!  It is so easy to do.  All you need is boiling water, borax, pipe cleaner, string, a pencil and some jars.  I already have borax because we make slime every once in awhile but you can find it in the laundry aisle.  It's so simple and it is pretty neat!

Once you boil the water, add three tablespoons for every cup of water.  Fill the jars.  Then make the pipe cleaners into snow flakes and attach the strings.  You can make blue snowflakes by using blue pipe cleaners or by adding blue food coloring to the water.  Let the mixture sit overnight.

The next morning it was so neat to see how our snowflakes went from fuzzy to crystallized!  She was amazed.  We grew snowflakes.  How fun!

Some snowflakes came out more crystallized than others and I really don't know why.  I know they aren't edible but I was tempted!  It looks so much like rock candy.

 Great way to share how God makes each snow flake different just like us.  He makes us each different and special.  If you have an older kid and want to explain the scientific phenomenon you can check THIS link out. 

I hung them up in our little window and if they make it to next year they may end up on the tree because they really are so pretty.  

Happy Snowy Wednesday!
 Until next time.  Toodles!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Capturing Memories from Bump to Baby

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Similac® StrongMoms® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
The moment I found out I was pregnant I wanted nothing but the best for that little munchkin making my belly expand.  As the bump grew I counted down the days until I could hold the little guy and put my finger into his tiny hand.  Oh it's amazing.  

Then the time came for him to enter this little world.  It was so exciting!  We were all in awe.  First finding out about him, watching him grow in the bump, and BAM a baby.  

From the start nurturing him to be the hefty little guy he is now was important to us.  I wish I would have known sooner about all that the Similac site had to offer.  Whether you are pregnant or a mom of an itty bitty this site has something for moms of any stage in the world of baby.  

Just take ten minutes browsing and I am sure you will find something informative.  Don't believe me?  If you don't have kids you may not understand how awesome this information is to new parents but they even have a section called the diaper decoder.  It explains why your baby has a certain kind of stool.  I know you have wondered at least once whether what you found when changing that diaper was normal.  This is golden information! 

I could sit here and go on and on about how much I love all the information on the site about breastfeeding, supplementing, switching from breast milk to formula, pregnancy nutrition.  Today when I logged in, they gave me a run down on what to expect when the little man is ten months.  Love it!  

The best part is, right now Similac is having an amazing Strong Moms Giveaway.  You could win the Grand Prize Gift pack that is worth over $15,000.
 “The designers and manufactures whose products are featured in the giveaway are neither sponsors of nor affiliated in any way with this giveaway, nor do they endorse products or services of others included within the prize. All trademarks and service marks included on such products or services are property of the respective designers and manufactures.”
 I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I win because that one lucky mom is going to win a dream prize!  

The giveaway is running from December 2nd to February 16th.  You can enter everyday for a chance to win instant prizes, which are just as fabulous.  Over 300 lucky moms will instantly win.
So head over and enter now and find out the rules There are so many benefits to joining.  You'll get nutritional guidance for a healthy pregnancy emails with tips and tools, savings on formula, and samples.  It's such an awesome site full of tools and resources for every mom out there.  Don't just take my word for it, go and check it out. Similac
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Keep Track of your Tasks with ATacker

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of WonderApps for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am always on the hunt for new apps that help make life easier.  ATracker is one of my new app gems.  It is so easy to use and I can use it for the little lady too.  We have so many things to do in one day it is easy to get distracted, especially on the internet or online shopping on my iphone [yup I'm guilty!].   ATracker allows you to prioritize what you need to do for the day and keep track of how much time you spend doing it.  It's easy to enter each task and starting the time is as simple as pressing the icon for that particular activity.

Every day [except Tuesday and Thursday] I usually spend an hour home schooling the little miss. She isn't always the biggest fan and with ATracker I can tell her we will finish at a certain time and show her when we finish.  It's so easy, I just press the homeschooling icon and the time starts.  Press it again and it stops. I can also track how much TV she watches or how much Ipad time she gets.    

I use it for housework.  Sometimes it feels like I spend all day doing housework but when I see the actual amount of time on ATracker it really isn't much.  My favorite thing is the little icons you can place on tasks and that you can color code it. 

ATracker also creates charts of how you have spent your time so you can really see where your time is going.  It keeps those priorities in check.  Curious to see how much time you actually spend on facebook or social media?  Playing video games?  Download the free version at WonderApps and find out!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Yummy Reeses Peanut Butter Spread

We recently got this yummy treat in the mail [thanks Reeses and Influenster!!] and it instantly became a household favorite!  How can you go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate?!  We love it!!! It's so yummy and it has this little crunch that makes it irresistible. 

The little lady loves eating it with apples.  Every snack time she asked for apples and chocolate.  I like to have it for breakfast on some whole grain toast and coffee.  Perks my day right up!  One morning I made her a special little treat with the spread.  A Reeses Peanut Butter Chocolate Bear.  Ha!  

And of course she loved it!  My next experiment is to put it in our smores.  Oh my word I'm already drooling.  I just don't know if we will have enough because it's almost gone! 

What would you pair Reeses Spread with?

Until next time.  Toodles!

 I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Juicy Fruit® Starburst® Flavor Gum at Target

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This week cousin Krista is town visiting. HOORAY!  She went with us to Target and while doing one of our favorite things [roaming the aisles of Target] look what we found!!!  Two fruity favorites joined into one...

Juicy Fruit® and Starburst®.  Say what?!?!  I know my hubby will love these because he loves Starburst and fruity gum.  I can’t wait to see what he thinks when he tries them.

This little lady was super excited because she is now old enough to chew a little gum.  Very little piece of gum and only when she is sitting still.  It was the perfect reward for good behavior. You can enjoy this new yummy Juicy Fruit® gum in two popular Starburst® flavors, Strawberry and Cherry.  Little miss picked strawberry and of course the big three pack.

This match made in heaven comes in single-packs but also multi-packs.  The multi-packs come with three single packs. Each pack comes with 15 sticks of the new sugar free gum.  Love that it’s sugar free!  We got plenty of gum to blow those bubble gum bubbles.  Auntie Krista and I were enjoying the gum too with the little lady and verdict is...YUP it taste just like Starburst®.  She won the bubble blowing contest and maybe because she was chewing two pieces. 

A great little gift idea for a Valentine and you can tell your special someone you would chews them!  Ha!  So head over to Target and pick up your sweet piece of fun!  
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Quilt Along: Finishing that Plus Quilt

There are times when I start things with the full intention of finishing... good intentions.  Then life gets in the way and those things get pushed further down on the priority list until it gets lost.  That's pretty much what happened with my quilt along idea.  Whoops!  Sorry about that.

If you are wondering why I have decided to finally finish this series of posts, it's because I have this huge itch to quilt and sew again.  HUGE itch!  It's been months since I've sewn and even longer since I've quilted. So until I can find the time I'll just reminisce. 

Here is the series of posts from this quilt along...


Click on the picture links above to read the posts. 

Part One gives a sneak peak and shares the story behind this quilt, which is one of my favorites.
Part Two is the pattern and the pieces.
Part Three is sewing all the pieces together.

Now the final step is adding the batting and finishing it off.  Putting everything together is like creating a sandwich.  The back with the right side facing the floor, then the batting, top it off with the top of the quilt right side facing up.  You can pin and baste, but because this quilt is smaller and I decided to only do horizontal lines I didn't.  I rolled up the quilt on each ends to make it easier to fit it in my basic machine.

Then starting from the center I quilted straight lines.  The reason I chose to only do horizontal lines is because I am still an amateur quilter so my vertical squares didn't line up and it would have been completely obvious if I did the vertical lines. 

To create some design I did quilt the orange plus signs vertically and that turned out really nice. 

Once everything is quilted you can trim the extra batting off. 

Sew on the bias tape and TADA a plus sign quilt! 

A cute little reminder to stay positive.

This is one of my favorite quilt designs and I absolutely love all the colors on it!  Now can you see why I am getting the itch to quilt again.  Can you guess what my next quilt will be? 

You can check out some of the other quilts I have made from the first one to my next one and so on by clicking on the picture links below.....


Until next time.  Toodles!